Using interchanges T(1, 3) and T(3, 6) of Pennisetum americanum orientation types of the interchange multiple at MI were studied in different genetic backgrounds. Orientation types alternate 1 and alternate 2, in addition to adjacent 1, adjacent 2 and indefinite could be identified for both the interchanges. The relative frequencies of various orientation types were influenced by a change in the genetic background.
For these interchanges, homologous centromeres do not seem to play a predominant role in the co-orientation of interchange multiple. The non-homologous co-orientation types were more subjected to genetic regulation than the homologous co-orientations.